Royals lose opener at nationals

The best the Douglas College Royals women’s soccer team can do at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s national championship is third place.

But they’ll have to win their match this afternoon against the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to get that chance.

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The Royals dropped their opening round match in the the tournament the team is hosting to Elan de Garneau, 4-0, Wednesday at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium. It’s the second straight year Douglas has been ousted from competition for the national championship by les Elans, who are the four-time defending national champions. Last year they lost 1-0.

Audrey Genois opened the scoring for les Elans late in first half, then scored two more shortly after the half time break. Frédérique Métivier scored the fourth goal.

Genois was named the player of the match for les Elans, while Preet Thandi won the honour for the Royals.

Douglas will face the SAIT Trojans at 12:30 today in a quarter-final match they’ll have to win to stay in contention for a bronze medal.

The other Pacific Western Conference team in the tournament, the Vancouver Island University Mariners, also lost its opening round match, 3-1, to Champlain St-Lambert Cavaliers.

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